Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Losing Track of Time
Is it really Wednesday already? Oh my. I do apologize for being late with my post.
Today's post was going to be how almost everything I learned about sex was what I learned from reading a Harlequin romance. But that post can wait until next time.
Instead, I'm going to write about time management. Ironic considering I lost sense of what day I needed to do post LOL. But time management is essential to managing a writing career, a family, a life.
When I got my first contract, I was thrilled. It was a dream come true. And then came the revision notes and the need to get it to my editor in a short amount of time. The same was true when I got my line revisions. I had a lot of work and limited time. To make my deadline, my family ate off paper plates and had takeout most nights. My husband did the laundry and housework so I could focus on editing my book to be the best possible.
The reality of a writing career is far different from my perception. I thought that a writing contract would mean I would know what I was doing when I sat down at the computer to write (umm... not so much). I thought that writing would be easy and fast. But the truth is, it's hard work and it takes a lot of time. Which means having to prioritize what is important.
My rules for time management:
1. Family doesn't come last, it comes first. Just because I have a deadline doesn't mean I can forget my family. Sure, they may be eating pizza and McDonalds most nights, but dinner time is family time.
2. Ask for help. My husband really stepped up to the plate when my time got limited. I couldn't have made it without him.
3. Learn to say no and mean it. Activities that weren't as important got pushed to the side temporarily. I told family and friends that I'd get together after the book got sent in.
4. Take some time for yourself. Even though my time was limited, I still need that five to ten minutes of downtime sitting and being still. Listening to music. Closing my eyes and imagining that I was sitting on a Hawaiian beach with a fruity drink in my hand. Those mini vacations helped me keep going. I still had to take care of myself. Otherwise, it wouldn't matter if I did make my deadline only to make myself sick.
5. There are no rules; only suggestions.
Anyone else have suggestions on how to manage time better when on deadline?